It sent me on a super-ambitious homemaking streak which was then hindered by a little virus infecting our home. So, many things are started here and there, but these are a few sneak peeks:
This year, instead of lugging a big tote in with all of the mittens, scarves, and hats we own, whether they currently fit someone or not, and having them dug out and scattered all over in front of the door, we have a box for each child who is able to suit up on their own. Appropriately numbered...The brown paper packages and warm woolen mittens have me humming "My Favorite Things" (that song stuck in your head now, too? you're welcome.) This project cost next to nothing since I just wrapped diaper boxes in brown shipping paper.
I used a Sharpie to freehand the numbers-that technique is both daring and dumb sometimes, but I like a good challenge and a little pressure! AND I followed her rule of 3's: Each kid got to pick out (up to) 3 hats, 3 scarves, 3 pairs of gloves/mittens. A few extras snuck in there, but it is limited and when they lose them, I will grab the tote from the storage shed and replace.
UPDATE: To see my new and improved (and expanded for more kids) system click HERE!
Some other places I organized...
I limited my 3yo's PJs and folded the sets together. I love the bin for undies idea- I grabbed some empty wipes tubs that were laying on the floor, ripped the lids off, and used one for tights and one for socks, too.
I also cleared off my dryer and set up a changing area since baby Grace outgrew the one on the Pack-n-Play.I rearranged in some other areas, too, to neaten things up. Then I rolled up the rug in my older daughters' room (where it still remains-in a roll, blocking one closet door), ripped seashell wallpaper out of my kitchen (I thought it couldn't get uglier, but I was wrong), and generally bit off more than I could chew. Plus, I am cleaning and preparing for 50 people coming here tomorrow... if it doesn't snow. That meant I had to put all of my craft stuff away. :( BUT, it is nice to have a fresh, clean place to work again before I start going ornament crazy. :)
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